EDPA Ph.D.: Higher Education (HiEd) Track
The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in educational policy and administration with a program track in higher education (HiEd), administered by the Graduate School and offered by the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), provides an opportunity for intensive study of the policies and organizational issues in higher education institutions and systems.
HiEd focuses on the experiences, practices, and decisions of those involved in post-secondary education, as well as on the sociopolitical contexts in which higher education exists. Areas of specialization include administration and organization, policy, college students, external relations, equity-oriented change, and research integrity.
Who enrolls in this program?
Students enrolled in HiEd are the future leaders, university faculty members and/or administrators, policy analysts and researchers in the field of higher education. The program is selective and is limited to 10 students each year. All new students begin the program in the fall semester.
What will my program look like?
The Ph.D. requires that students take at least 55 credits of course work. With adviser's approval, students who already have a master's degree can apply up to 18 semester credits from the master's toward their Ph.D. In addition, 24 semester thesis credits are required for the dissertation. Typically, a course that meets once a week throughout the semester is three credits. Students may complete the coursework on either a full-time or part-time basis.
How long will my Ph.D. program take?
Attending full time, including summers, students often can complete the required coursework in 2 to 2½ years. During this time they complete preliminary written and oral examinations. Many students are able to complete their dissertation in another 1 to 2 years. Upon completion of the dissertation, students take a final oral examination. Doctoral students must complete all their requirements and receive their degree within five calendar years after passing their preliminary oral examination.
Questions regarding the admissions process, admissions documents, or general information about the program should be directed to:
Specific questions regarding course content should be directed to:
Christine Lepkowski, Graduate assistant
Revised February 4, 2013